ATLANTICS “Atlantique”
Feature Narrative | 105 minutes

This film played at HIFF 2019
on 10/11/2019 and 10/12/2019


Directed by
Mati Diop

Produced by
Judith Lou Lévy
Eve Robin

Written by
Mati Diop
Olivier Demangel

Mama Sané
Amadou Mbow
Ibrahima Traoré
Nicole Sougou
Amina Kane

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2019 | Wolof | France/Senegal/Belgium

• Special Jury Mention for Acting Performance for Mama Sane

Along the shores of Dakar, Senegal, Ada (Mama Sané), soon to be forced into an arranged marriage with a wealthy man, falls in love with construction worker Souleiman (Ibrahima Traoré). Looking for a better future and incapable of seeing a life with Ada, Souleiman boards a small vessel with his co-workers and attempts the perilous sail to Spain, where he soon disappears and is presumed dead. In her Cannes Grand Prix-winning debut feature, French-Senegalese actress and filmmaker Mati Diop translates the collective drama of sea departures into a dazzlingly beautiful ghost story of unfulfilled love and lives lost in the search for a better future.

Selected as Senegal’s official entry for the Best International Feature Film Oscar®